News Release

August 10, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact : Sondra Katzen
Chicago Zoological Society
708.688.8351
sondra.katzen@czs.org

Fred Newton
Special Events Management
773.584.6652

Run or Walk for the Animals at Brookfield Zoo’s Zoo Run Run for the Conservation Fund
First Time in Run’s History Takes Place Inside Zoo

       Brookfield, Ill.—Whether you are fast like a lion or prefer a more leisurely stroll like a turtle, Brookfield Zoo’s Zoo Run Run for the Conservation Fund will fit your pace. The day’s event takes place on Sunday, September 25, and for the first time in the run’s history (last held in 2004), it will take place entirely inside the zoo.

Zoo Run Run will feature a 5K chip-timed run as well as 5K and 3K fitness fun run/walks. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Chicago Zoological Society’s Conservation Fund, which supports research and education efforts around the world and at Brookfield Zoo, including the Center for the Science of Animal Welfare and the Center for Conservation Leadership.

The 5K competitive run begins at 8:30 a.m. in the zoo’s Discovery Center parking lot at 8:30 a.m. and will take participants past several animal exhibits, including Baboon Island, the Formal Pool, The Living Coast, Great Bear Wilderness, 31st Street Yards, Pachyderm House, and Big Cats. The 5K and 3K walkers will begin their trek immediately following the runners.

All participants will receive a race day general zoo admission and parking pass and an official Zoo Run Run T-shirt. In addition, all registered runners and walkers may bring family and friends to cheer them on and enjoy the park afterwards at no additional charge. The registration fee is $30 ($5 discount for Brookfield Zoo members) and $35 for all who register on race day. Packets will be available for pickup on race day starting at 7:00 a.m.

An awards ceremony will take place on the East Mall at approximately 10:30 a.m. Medals will be presented to the top overall male and female finishers in the following age categories: 11 and under, 12-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and older. Additionally, to encourage and thank participants for their efforts, the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, is offering several incentives depending on the amount raised. Incentives include Brookfield Zoo gift certificates, tickets to the zoo’s Halloween event Creatures of the Night in October, tickets to a Nights in the Wild dinner, and a Wild Encounters animal experience at the zoo. The participant who raises the most in donations will receive the grand prize of two American Airlines tickets plus other incentives. Teams registered for Zoo Run Run who raise $2,500 or more will receive a private reception for 20 featuring a unique animal viewing experience at Brookfield Zoo.

For further information, including additional packet pickup dates, and to register as an individual or a team, go to www.CZS.org/ZooRunRun.

The Chicago Zoological Society mission is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. Open every day of the year, Brookfield Zoo is located off First Avenue between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA, and PACE bus service.

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